Prof. Frans M.J. Willems
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Netherlands
Frans M.J. Willems was born in Stein, The Netherlands, in 1954. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Eind-hoven, The Netherlands, and the Ph.D. degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, in 1979 and 1982 respectively.
From 1979 to 1982 he was a research assistant at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. In 1982 he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, where he is an associate professor. His research contributions are in the areas of multi-user information theory, noiseless source coding, data-embedding, and biometrics. From 1999 to 2008 he was an advisor for Philips Research Laboratories for subjects related to information theory. Dr. Willems received the Marconi Young Scientist Award in 1982. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Associate Editor for Shannon Theory for the IEEE Transactions on Information Theory. From 2002 to 2006 he was Associate Editor for Information Theory for the European Transactions on Telecommunications. He is co-recipient of the 1996 IEEE Information Theory Society Paper Award for a paper in which the Context-Tree Weighting Algorithm was proposed. From 1998 to 2000 he was a member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE Information Theory Society. Since 2005 Dr. Willems is an IEEE Fellow. He is Counselor of the IEEE Student Branch Eindhoven and Chairman of the IEEE Benelux Chapter on Information Theory. Recently Dr. Willems received a Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the paper”Biometric Systems: Privacy and Security Aspects.” Dr. Willems has contributed more than two hundred journal and conference papers. He holds several patents.